A BEACH COTTAGE ON FIRE ISLAND (NEAR NEW YORK)

How are you lovely people doing today? It is a cold day here in The Netherlands. What is it like in your part of the world? Today’s post features a tiny house on Fire Island, USA. This lovely cottage is place where Alex Bates (the creative director of West Elm) and her family escapes from their hectic city lives in New York. The cottage was built in 1911 and when the family moved in, they did very little to it as they wanted to keep it authentic to the builder and the style. You can read more about this cozy house .

Continue reading

A STYLIST & PHOTOGRAPHER’S BEAUTIFUL FRENCH HOME

First of all I would like to thank you for all your sweet comments that I received on my previous post. I am really thankful for all you wonderful readers that have been following this blog for such a long time. This knowledge gives me new energy to continue finding beautiful content and improving The Style Files! Today’s post features the beautiful French home of stylist & photographer Oliva Thebaut. It is the kind of house I love: it is airy, there is lot of light and natural materials and a neutral colors scheme have been used to decorate the various spaces. The house is not filled with stuff yet it is cosy and warm. I think that it is important to surround yourself with beautiful items. These items does not have to be expensive, for me it is more about that they are well made and that they do not scream ‘junk’. I prefer to have less (but well made) then to have a lot of (cheap looking) stuff. And this house is an example of this philosophy. That by the way in the 7th image can be purchased on Etsy . I recognised it as it has been on my Etsy wishlist for a while. You can see more from Oliva on and .

Continue reading

A LIGHT FILLED CANAL HOUSE IN AMSTERDAM

Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2019 will be filled with love, peace and happiness. I took a break as you might have noticed. In the first place to spend the holidays with my family. But I also needed some time off from blogging. The blogging world has changed a lot since I began in 2007. Blogs has become more professional which is not a bad thing but I do miss the blogging community which was once there. Last year I often questioned myself why am I still spending so much time on this blog. The community sense is no longer there, the interaction with my readers which I loved is also almost gone (90% of the comments I get is spam), I hardly make any money from my blog (the money generated from advertising does not cover the hosting costs and the time I put in). So the big question is: to blog or not to blog? I have to find back the joy and in order to do so I might need to make some changes. Perhaps I have to be more active on social media as there is more interaction or maybe I need to change the content. I will be thinking on how to bring back the joy of blogging in the coming months and will keep you updated on the process! Today a beautiful, light filled canal house in Amsterdam renovated by .

Continue reading

THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS

holidaydiy-110

One more day to go until Christmas! On this day I like to prepare the Christmas table and go into our garden to find natural Christmas table decorations. These are beautiful, inexpensive and environmental friendly! I use ilex and branches from the bay leaf tree to create a centerpiece (just place the branches casually on the middle of the table and voila, you have a ‘center piece’) and I stick rosemary twigs with some natural rope on linen napkins. If you want more Christmas inspiration to get in the festive mood: I recently contributed to a post about Christmas decorations on and this post is full of Christmas inspiration. You can find the post . Have a wonderful Christmas!

xmasn10

xBJS1

Continue reading

A PERFECT FAMILY VACATION RENTAL IN BYRON BAY

The Magnolia House is quintessential Byron design: pure, relaxed and sophisticated. This vacation rental, which sleeps up to 8 guests, is situated on one of Byron’s tightly held laneways and hidden behind a vibrant ficus hedge, a pair of vintage salvaged doors open to reveal a magnificent home designed for family, for entertaining and for play. From the living room, imposing floor to ceiling steel doors retract fully to a north-facing covered veranda and outdoor eating area. The effect is to create a vast interior-exterior space. Outside a manicured lawn extends the living area to the swimming pool and spa. An antique brick wall encloses the property and defines the shape of its private world. Magnolia House is designed for family and friends and provides ample spaces for children and parents to join together or disappear into. Along with the living and dining area downstairs, there’s a media room, a study and two guest powder rooms. Upstairs has four bedrooms – three queens, a central bathroom and a spacious parent’s retreat with king bed, bath area, separate ensuite and lounge. You can find more information about rates & bookings .

Continue reading

A FRENCH LOFT WITH STUNNING PARIS ROOFTOP VIEW

There is a lot to like about this spacious two bedroom loft but my two favorite things are the high windows and the stunning view over the rooftops of Paris. The interior has been designed by . The architectural point was to preserve the basic structure of the place by emphasizing the concrete in some places and playing on these darker shades of gray.

Continue reading

A BEAUTIFUL NEW ENGLAND INSPIRED HOME IN MAINE, USA

This beautiful New England inspired house in Maine, USA, is the home of sculptor Anthony Esteves and his wife and son. The traditional technique shou sugi and a self-made Japanese-style fermented paint made out of soot has been used for the black exterior of the building. The place is small (55m2 / 600 square feet) and the interior is modest yet cosy. There is just something special about the simple aesthetic that is warm and soothing.

Continue reading